RYE BROOK, N.Y. – Blind Brook’s Sam Adler is not your average point guard.
The senior is equally effective setting up his varsity basketball teammates or creating his own shot. He is the driving force behind the team’s success and the Port Chester Daily Voice Student-Athlete of the Month for January.
A two-year captain, Adler approaches each possession cerebrally. Once he sets up the offense, Adler methodically orchestrates it.
“As the point, my job is to make sure I do whatever I need to do in order for us to win,” said Adler, who will attend St. Lawrence University in September and play basketball.
Because Adler also is an offensive point guard, he presents a defensive problem for a Blind Brook's opponent.
When Adler is left open on the perimeter against a zone, he will knock down the jumper, especially from three-point range. Adler will not always settle for the perimeter shot. He enjoys attacking the basket, often with the result being a basket for either himself or a teammate or drawing a foul from an opponent.
“When you have a point guard who can also score, this has led to me seeing a good number of box-and-ones,” Adler said. “When this happens, I know my teammates are going to be open.”
In a January win against Tuckahoe, Adler scored in double digits in the first half as Blind Brook riddled the Tigers’ zone with its outside game. Tuckahoe went man-to-man in the second half with its best defensive player guarding Adler. Instead of trying to force anything, Adler got his teammates even more involved. This enabled the Trojans to fend off a Tiger rush in the second half.
Adler’s presence has been vital this season because Blind Brook has sustained injuries that have not allowed the Trojans to play at full strength. Now that Blind Brook is healthy, Adler and his teammates are hoping to make a return trip to the Westchester County Center for the Section 1 Class B boys' final four.